The Sports Pre Participation Exam (PPE)

The Sports Pre Participation Exam (PPE)


The sports preparticipation exam. Some love it, some hate it. For athletes it’s a nearly annual ritual. But why do we do it? Are we truly doing it the way we should be doing it? What’s new from the 5th edition that was released in May 2019. Have you checked? Is your state using the recommended PPE form and questions? Today on the podcast, I’m joined by the editors of the 4th and 5th editions of the Sports Preparticipation Exam and we’ll cover these questions and more.


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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Sports Pre Participation Exam (PPE)Dr. David Bernhardt: 

Dr. David Bernhardt is a Professor of Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in the Division of Sports Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  Dr. Bernhardt is the co-director of the UW Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship and is the Head Medical Team Physician for the UW athletic department. He has served as the medical chaperone for the Paralympic experience at the Vancouver Olympic games in 2010. He enjoys teaching medical student, residents, fellows and student athletic trainers and was recently honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics for his lifelong contributions to pediatric sports medicine as the Thomas Schaffer award winner.

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The Sports Pre Participation Exam (PPE)Dr. Bill Roberts: 

Dr. Bill Roberts is a Professor, Director of the Sports Medicine Program and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is a Past President and Past Foundation President of the American College of Sports Medicine; on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), and a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine. He serves as an editor or is on the editorial board of numerous journals. He serves as the Chair of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the Minnesota State High School League and is a member of the USA Soccer Cup Tournament Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.  He has numerous research interests in sports medicine and has authored many research and educational publications and has presented nationally and internationally.